Advanced Placement (AP) United States History
August 13, 2017
Phone: 801.264.7460, extension 5325
I am available to help students or meet with parents. I appreciate parents
calling in advance to make an appointment.
- Before school, Monday through Friday, "before school" does NOT mean during assemblies and please note that all faculty members have meetings at 2:00 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon;
- After school, Monday through Thursday.
COURSE OBJECTIVES & EXPECTATIONS
- This course is equivalent to a freshman/sophomore-level college course. It is specifically designed to prepare you for the AP U. S. History test given by the College Board each May.
- Decisions about who should take the AP test will be made 2nd term. Students seriously preparing the for exam should check with the teacher of the class before paying for the exam. Payment should be made at the financial window before the end of 2nd term.
- Success in this course requires seriously committed students who are willing to work far above the level required in a regular high school history class. I expect every one in this class to attend all the time, to come prepared all the time, to participate in a constructive and cooperative manner all the time, and to shoulder the responsibility for the class work in a mature and diligent way without whining and complaining. This is a difficult course with potentially great benefits. If you are unwilling to do the work, you should be in another class.
- Pen or pencil, notebook paper, textbook—every day!—and whatever other materials we
are currently studying. I will provide paper for in-class writing assignments.
On days when tests are given, bring a pencil. I will not provide
pencils for student use.
- Textbook. A textbook will be checked out to each
student at registration. You may use that text without marking
in it and turn it in for a refund of a percentage of the book's cost
at the end of the year. You may purchase a text from the school. Purchasing
a book is NOT a course requirement, but I encourage you to purchase your text.
If you choose to buy the book, you may make the payment at the financial window.
- The text will be supplemented with primary and secondary source documents,
time lines, maps, and other class materials. Please get a notebook in which to
keep these documents.
CLASS RULES, BEHAVIOR, & PARTICIPATION
The following rules are posted prominently in the room and apply to every student.
- Be considerate to the teacher and to your classmates at all times.
- Do not disrupt the class in any way [this includes during announcements or
- Do not sleep in class.
- Do not bring food or drinks—other than water in clear and easy to assess containers—to class.
- Do not do work for other classes in this class.
- Cell phones, cameras, ear buds or headsets, and the improper use of Internet-capable devices are all inappropriate in class. They will be confiscated on sight and other penalties may apply.
Your academic grade is a percentage determined by dividing the number
of points you earn by the total number of points possible each quarter.
This total can be decreased by handing work in
late or by failing to hand in assigned work. Under some circumstances,
this total can be raised by doing extra work assigned by the teacher.
Grades are NOT rounded up.
93 - 100% = A
90 - 92% = A-
87 - 89% = B+
86% = B
80 - 82% = B-
77 - 79% = C+
73 - 76% = C
70 - 72%
67 - 69% = D+
63 - 66% = D
60 - 62% = D-
59% = F
According to Murray High School's Attendance and Tardiness Policy, all
students will earn an "S" in citizenship unless a "U" is given for one of
the following reasons.
Tardiness: You will receive a "U" in citizenship if you have 2 tardies
at the end of the quarter. You will be marked tardy if you are NOT IN YOUR
SEAT WHEN THE BELL RINGS. I do not accept notes from teachers or parents.
Tardies may ONLY be made up by attending detention.
Attendance: You will receive a "U" in citizenship if you have 4 or more
absences in any quarter.
Truancy (absence unexcused by a parent): You will receive a "U" in
citizenship for any unexcused absence.
Behavior & Participation: You will start each quarter with 25 citizenship points. These points are separate from and do not add or detract from your academic grade. You will lose citizenship points for being rude or disrespectful to the teacher or other students, for disrupting class in any way, for bringing food or drinks to class, for sleeping in class, for failing to take notes on class lectures, or
for not having your book, pencil, or other materials when needed.
You will receive a "U" in citizenship for
losing your citizenship points in any quarter.
- Grades are updated regularly and are always available online.
It is extremely important that you check your grades frequently. If you do not have a password, get one.
- Please keep all of your assignments during the quarter. If I have made a
mistake in recording your scores and you have the scored work, I will gladly
correct my mistake.
- I will notify parents if your academic grade or your citizenship grade become unsatisfactory.
- After grades for the quarter are recorded, "if there is a perceived error,
any grade change must be completed within the following quarter or by June
30 for fourth quarter" (IN307).
LEARNING ACTIVITIES & ASSESSMENT
- You should plan for at least one hour of homework every night.
- You should also be prepared to work on weekends reading, taking Cornell notes and reviewing the text, reading supplemental
material, and doing your required outside reading.
- Homework is work that you do on your time. Please do not
e-mail me copies of your essays and expect me to print them and have them ready
for you to hand in. It is your responsibility to get your
homework done on your time.
MAKING UP LATE OR MISSED WORK
- All of the work in the term MUST be handed in.
- If Cornell notes, chapter quizzes, or essays are not taken when scheduled, they may be made up. Late work will be scored in the following ways:
- If missed work is made up within one calendar week from the date it was due, that work will be penalized 50% of the original points.
- If missed work is made up after one calendar week and the work is done to the same level of performance as work handed in on time, I will accept it and will mark it as completed. You will receive no points for work made up this late. But, as long as the work is handed in, you will be able to do extra work in the term.
- All make-up work and all enhancements must be in one week before the end
of the quarter. This date will be clearly marked on the course calendar. There
will be no exceptions to this deadline.
LECTURE NOTES, READING NOTES, UNIT TESTS
- Lecture notes
- My job is to set the text into a wider and deeper context. This will come through lecture and in-class discussion. You should come to class every day prepared to take notes.
- If you are not taking notes, you will lose citizenship points.
- Cornell notes on textbook chapters
- You will hand in Cornell notes on each and every chapter in the text. Due dates will be marked on the calendar but you should plan on reading 1 chapter per week throughout the year. These notes are due in the basket at the back of the room when the bell rings to begin the period on the indicated days. A consistent inability to keep up with the reading and hand in these notes as assigned will seriously damage your grade.
- Your reading notes should be handwritten or word processed in such a way that I know they are original to you. I will not accept as chapter reading notes any downloaded or photocopied material.
- The Cornell notes from the unit chapters will be scored on their completeness: 1 = 25 points; 2 = 50 points; 3
= 75 points.
- Notes on class lectures will NOT count as chapter reading notes.
- Chapter quizzes
- You will take a short multiple choice quiz on every chapter of the textbook. These questions come from the publisher's database and test generator and are intended to measure your comprehension of the material in each chapter. These quizzes will be given on the days when your chapter notes are due. You must take these quizzes consecutively; i.e. you must take the chapter 21 quiz before you can take the chapter 22 quiz.
- All multiple choice chapter quizzes may be retaken ONCE for higher scores as long as they are re-taken before the next chapter quiz is given. Do not expect to retake every test given at the end of the term.
- If you miss class on the day when a chapter quiz is given, you must make up the quiz the next school day whether or not you have this class on that day.
- The grade program is set up to "drop" the one lowest multiple choice test in each term. Depending on how many tests in each term, this will not take effect until after the 2nd or 3rd test taken.
- Unit tests
- The text chapters are divided into units of 4 chapters each. At the end of each unit, you will have a test on the material covered in those chapters.
- The unit tests are designed to give you practice on the different skills required for the AP exam. They will consist of any combination of the following:
- Stimulus-based multiple choice questions
- Short answer prompts—these are not essays but require context knowledge and clear thinking
- Long essay promprs—you will have a choice between two prompts as you would on the AP exam
- Document-based questions (DBQ's)
- All writing prompts will be timed and scored with current rubrics just as they will be on the AP exam.
- I will assign you one outside reading of 40 to 60 pages each
quarter. You are to do this as homework and thoroughly fill out an outside
reading form on that reading.
- The outside reading is due when the bell rings at the beginning of class
on the last Friday of each quarter. These may not be turned in late.
- You are required to memorize the names, dates of service, and political parties of all of the
Presidents of the United States and to demonstrate that knowledge by writing
on a blank sheet of paper the first and last name and dates of service of
all of the Presidents in order.
- I expect you to do this before the end of 2nd term. Points will be awarded according to the following schedule:
- 1st term: 100 points
- 2nd term: 50 points
- All assigned work in the term must be handed in before extra work points will count.
- You may NOT earn extra work if you have lost all of your citizenship points during the term.
- You may earn a maximum of 100 points of extra work in each quarter by
doing projects from an approved list.
- In addition to project points, there will be historical trivia or jeopardy
games, historical bingo, or puzzles with clues from the text each quarter.
These will be done in class and cannot be made up if you are not in class on the days they are given regardless of the reason. If at the end of the term all required work is not handed in, these points will be removed.
- All makeup work, chapter test retakes, and extra work points must be in and recorded before the last week of the
quarter. The deadline will be posted and there will be no exceptions to this deadline.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
- One full credit of junior-level United States history is required for graduation.
This course fills that requirement. If you are a junior and fail this class,
you cannot re-take the class during the regular school day and will have to
make arrangements to remediate the lost credit. If you are a senior and fail
this class, you may not have the required number of elective or social studies
credits to graduate.
- It is your responsibility to keep up with all assigned work; it is your responsibility to know what's been assigned and it is your responsibility to make up missed
- You can turn in
all of your work and still fail the class. You must do the work with scores
high enough to warrant passing the class.
- When making up missed work before school, please come in early enough to finish the work. It is inappropriate for you to do part of a test, then have the rest of the day to "prep" before finishing the task.
- The personal property of the teacher is strictly off limits. Any breach of this will result in a "U" in citizenship.
- No work can be exempted in this class for the Renaissance Program or for
any other reason.
- A grade of "incomplete" will be given only to those students who have missed
long periods of the term due to excused illness. I will check with your parents
or guardians and will clear this with the office before considering this option.
FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) STATEMENT
Please know that ongoing critical evaluation by peers, which may include exchanging
drafts of papers, will be used to enhance the educational process. Final assessment
of student work is my job as the teacher of the class. Student privacy
will be respected when providing all confidential information.
USE OF ELECTRONICS IN CLASS
- Ear buds or other head phones are inappropriate in class. Always. I see them, you lose them.
- Cell phones should be turned off and in your backpack and the backpack should be on the floor under your seat—not on your lap on on your desk. If your phones rings during class, if I see you sending or receiving text messages, or if I see you using a camera in the room, I will confiscate the phone and turn it in to the office where you may pick it up from an assistant principal. You will immediately lose all of your citizenship points, lose all enhancement points earned or possible in the quarter, and receive a "U" in citizenship for that term.